Lord Parkin

Steam multiplayer update and Civilization IV Pitboss

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You may be aware that 2K recently announced that Steam versions of Civ4 will no longer support Direct IP. This means only players with CD versions of the game will be able to play Direct IP and Pitboss games.


I have made a post in the official 2K forums about this topic. Here it is:




To everyone who plays Direct IP games: Please take a minute to register an account, and make a short post in the thread linked above.


I suggest to write in your short message:


- Your username and which civ fansite(s) you hail from.

- Which version of the game you purchased (CD or Steam).

- Mention how this issue affects all players, because even CD users can't continue Direct IP games with Steam users. The removal of Direct IP from Steam divides an already small multiplayer community down the middle.

- End with a strong request that Direct IP be re-integrated into the Steam version of Civ4.


Feel free to use your own words. Be firm, but civil - profanity won't help the cause.


For example, in my case:


I am Lord Parkin from Civfanatics and Realms Beyond. I purchased the CD version of Civ4. I am deeply disappointed with the removal of Direct IP from Steam versions, because all of my friends with the Steam version can no longer play in our Pitboss games together. This issue has needlessly divided our community. Please re-integrate Direct IP into the Steam version of the Civ4.


Please register an account and post your own quick message in the thread linked above now. It only takes a minute, and it could make a real difference! :)

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To update on this, 2K have made available an unsupported beta on Steam that reverts your game to the old state. With that beta activated you can play direct ip Pitboss with your Steam game, but not online MP. Switching between beta's is luckily rather easy on Steam, so this should be workable for most players having this issue.


Here are the instructions on how to activate the DirectIP enabled version of Civ4:


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